Monday, July 16, 2018

"You sure are frugal"

"You sure are frugal"
These were the words a recent visitor to my house said after using my bathroom.
"What makes you say that?" I asked.
"All those soap slivers in your soap dish."

Hummm, she was right. I do have soap slivers in my soap dish. Silvers that are too small for using in shower or bath but a perfect for hand washing.

While getting dressed this morning, I glanced at the soap dish and though, yes, I am frugal.

I am frugal. But not a fanatic about it. I have just learned over the years that saving pennies -- saves dollars.

I begin to notice other little things that prove this.

For one thing, I use a lipstick brush to get all the lipstick out of the tube -- especially if it is a favorite, discounted color. I just don't throw it out when it is flat. There are many more applications left in that tube, you just gotta work for it.

I do take my own coffee to work avoiding the daily stop at Starbucks. Since their regular size, nothing fancy, Grande (medium) is about $2.10 a cup I do save $10.50 a week. That about $40 a month not spent on something I make can at home.

Along with bringing my own coffee, I also bring my own iced tea. Poured into the Yeti, it stays cool and doesn't melt. I drink this at lunch instead of a sweet soda out of the machine, which in our office is $.75 a can. Another $3.75 a week saved.

And speaking of lunch, I almost always bring my lunch. I am one of those people who don't mind left-overs, so my lunch is often left-overs from something I cooked the previous night or from a restaurant if we eat out at night.

Lunch in this part of town is pretty pricey -- if I eat out it is about $12-$15. Even if I go for fast food, it is close to $10. Being conservative in my estimate for the cost of lunch, I save about $50 a week if I bring my own.

Let's see -- between coffee, drink, & lunch, I save about $64.25 a week.
Multiply that by 4 weeks = $257 a month.
Multiply that by 12 months = $3084.00 !!!!

Just these savings alone can really add up.

I think i will do some more posts on being frugal. It helps me focus.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Back to Blogging, Maybe?

I have been asked many times for the past couple of months why I am not blogging?

To be frank, I am not sure.

I have several posts half way completed, so maybe I shall complete them and post them.

I get frustrated with blogging and bloggers. Mostly bloggers. It is as if they are all commercial now -- their pages full of ads, they get tons of free stuff and blog about using those items in their homes.

One woman whom I started reading years ago before she was anyone, was able to buy and remodel a whole house using items for free. the personal nature of her original blogs entries have faded into a commercialized page of stuff no one wants.

Others seem to specialize -- only cooking, recipes, Keto, gluten-free.
Or fitness, fashion, and style.
Or photos, decorating, frugality, children.

Perhaps my thoughts and interests are too broad to be a successful blogger?

I am not sure.

In the meantime, I think I will polish up those half-completed posts and send them along.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cowboy Boots

It has been a while. Sorry readers -- sometimes life in gets in the way of blogging.

Today I want to talk about Cowboy Boots.

I love cowboy boots.
Some people say they are in fashion; some say they are out of fashion. But for most boots lovers they are always in fashion.

Acredale Saddlery

Nothing is cuter than a girl in a darling little dress with a pair of boots.

The Country Girl


The Highland Fashionista loves them – calls them the American Wellies.

And if you like bling, this woman has bling for you!!
Jacqi Bling

But what happens to the old boots? Some of us keep them forever and continue to wear them; others get creative. The following pictures were found on Pinterest.

How about a purse made from the boot tops?


Or redecorate the tops.

One note about cowboy boots: do not buy used. 

Full leather boots conform to your feet over time, so used boots have formed to someone else's feet and will never be 100% comfortable for you.

But..... new good looking boots cost a lot of money. 

Yes, they cost a fortune but they last for years and years and years.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway

Is another one going to bite the dust?

The historic Greystone Inn  has been a destination for tourists since 1903. Tucked away on the shores of Lake Toxaway in the heart of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the setting is quaint and relaxed.

In 2016, the Greystone Inn was closed and up for sale. This makes me sad. I have sat on that beautiful porch overlooking the tranquil lake and felt so at peace. Yeah, it was not trendy. And yeah, there are some age issues. But the beauty and ambiance out weighed any minor discomforts.

The Inn was originally the home of Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz, of Savannah, who came to Toxaway and built a mansion on the lake and was only able to enjoy her lakeside home for one year before the dam broke.  Built in 1915 and carefully restored in 1985, Lucy Moltz’s home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In her lifetime she witnessed the failure of the lake and then the rebuilding many years later.  

Before her death in 1970 she sold the home, called Hillmont, to the Lake Toxaway Company because she “wanted it to be used by many people; that’s the way it should be.”  Today it is known as Greystone Inn and reflects the elegant lifestyle of wealthy Southerners who spent their summers in the mountains.

Lucy Armstrong Moltz lived at Lake Toxaway until her death in 1970 at age 85.

The house should be saved since it is on the National Register of Historic Places. But too much "improvement" will destroy something wonderful.

As of this writing, the Greystone in is under contract for $5,500,00.00. We shall see how it goes.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Ukraine with all the struggles and set backs is still a very proud country.

On May 18, 2016, Ukraine will celebrate Vyshyvanka Day.

It is a nationwide celebration intended to preserve ancestral traditions of creating and wearing embroidered ethnic clothing. And their clothing is beautiful. This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

Vyshyvanka  is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. Women wear dresses and men wear shirts. 

Here are some examples:

I just love this picture below of a woman with her cat all decked out for the celebration in May. This picture came from Euromaidan Press.

Love the dress above.

Pinterest Various

Found on, this website explains the history of the event better than I can:

Short history of Day of Vyshyvanka
Nationwide action ‘Day of Ukrainian vyshyvanka’ was launched by a student of history, political science and international relationships faculty in Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk in 2007.
She noted that students often wear embroidered clothes in University and suggested choosing single day to wear vyshyvanky altogether.
The first Day of Vysyhyvanka took place in 2007 when several dozens of students come to University in Ukrainian ethnic embroidered shirts.
In course of the following years festival reached nationwide level. Ukrainian diaspora and supporters of Ukraine from all over the world joined as well.

Why celebrating Vyshyvanka Day?

The main goal of such event is preservation of Ukrainian values and their popularization among youth and country’s population in general.
The holiday doesn’t include any mandatory measures except for wearing vyshyvanka. Still there can be concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural figures.
The holiday itself stimulates every conscious citizen of Ukraine to a very simple act – just wear vyshyvanka before going to work or study.
However, this act has a deep psychological context as it comes to expression of national and civic position, cultural education and spiritual consciousness.
The experience proves that during Vyshyvanka Day people are always in high spirits with smile on their faces. Symbols of strength, prosperity, beauty and ancient amulets are encoded in this ethnic clothes.


Sunday, April 16, 2017